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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 240703  Add to Shoppping Cart  
Title: Nature and Risk of Victimization: Findings From the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement
Author(s): Andrea J. Sedlak ; Karla S. McPherson ; Monica Basena
Corporate Author: Westat
United States of America
Date Published: 06/2013
Page Count: 16
  Series: OJJDP Survey of Youth in Residential Placement Series
  Annotation: This bulletin offers several insights into ways that juvenile facilities can prevent the victimization of youth in custody.
Abstract: This study assesses rates of victimization for youth in custody across a range of domains: theft, robbery, physical assault, and sexual assault. Results indicate that 46 percent of youth had their property stolen in their absence, 10 percent were directly robbed, 29 percent were threatened or beaten, 9 percent were beaten and injured, and 4 percent were forced to engage in sexual activity. These results signal the need for policy initiatives and programs that will reduce victimization risk and improve protections for youth held in juvenile justice custody. Also indicated is how different types of victimization experiences often occur to the same youth. The analyses show that this clustering of violent events can be explained by the fact that the different forms of violence have very similar risk factors, so all forms of violence are more prevalent among youth and in facility environments that possess these risk factors. Furthermore, factors that affect violent victimization risk for youth in custody have been found to affect the risk of victimization in other contexts as well. Tables, figures, endnotes, and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice research
Index Term(s): Victimization surveys ; Victimization in prisons ; Juvenile facility management ; Victimization in juvenile facilities ; Victimization risk
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2001–JR–BX–K001
Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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